Last weekend, Father Geoff visited All Saints, Pasadena, the home church of the Rev. Susan Russell. He writes movingly of his experience there and reflects on what he heard about TEC's actions at General Convention:
When I said my first Mass at my last parish, the choir sang, “All are welcomed here.” I winced when I heard them sing that song, because my predecessor had informed me that they would send LGBT parishioners across the street to the Methodist Church, since they could not offer them services at St. Paul’s.
The choir did not sing, “All are welcomed here” at All Saints Episcopal, but the community silently proclaimed that invitation by their actions.
You can read it all here.
When the doomsayers talk about TEC losing members, I think of all the "Father Geoffs" I know, who have found a home in the Episcopal Church. I count myself among their number.
When the "outcasts" feel welcomed, we are preaching the Gospel.